The recently announced $100 price reduction of the 60 GB PS3 was widely interpreted as a strategic move to bring the price of the game console closer to Xbox 360. It turns out, Sony does not have a long-term price reduction in mind...
In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, David Reeves, president of Sony
Computer Entertainment Europe, said that the price reduction is part of
a move to phase out the 60 GB model and transition to a recently
announced version with 80 GB storage space. During the Sony keynote at
E3 this Wednesday, Phil Harrison, president of Sony Computer
Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios, noted that the 80 GB model
was introduced to provide more room for downloadable games.
According to Reeves, Sony believes that the 60 GB PS3 will be sold out
by the end of this month. Beginning August 1, Sony will only be
offering a $599 80 GB model, which however will include the game
Harrison said there are currently more than 80 game titles in
development, which Sony plans to make available for download through
the Playstation store. The upcoming titles include Wipeout HD, Echo
Chrome, Warhawk and Socom Navy Seals: Confrontation.
The price reduction remains very limited in a geographic perspective.
In Europe, for example, Sony holds back the PS3 80 GB and introduced a
new game package. For the same 599 Euro (about $825), Sony will be
offering a “PS3 Starter Pack” with two wireless
Sixaxis controllers as well as the games Resistance Fall of Man and